Its been years since I've done it - this morning I fell off my bicycle in front of lots of people at a set of traffic lights. Rather embarrassing actually.
What happened is that I slowed down and did my normal trick of just edging forward a little, expecting the lights to change at any moment. In this case they did, but I'd stopped moving forward. So instead of accelerating, I all of a sudden had to worry about trying to unclip my cleat to stop me from falling. I was unsuccessful.
In slow motion, I could see the footpath coming closer and closer and there was nothing that I could do, except watch it come towards me.
Do you always unclip your cleat or do you prance around and balance that bicycle at the lights? Any tips to share?
One of my 1st rides many many years ago, in the days when I only had strap-in type pedals, forgot to loosen the strap coming up to the lights... of course the inevitable happened when I stopped... my one and only incident involving embarrasing acts in traffic!
if you wanna try and look "euro cool' and track stand at a set of lights you deserve what comes to ya.
I have straps rather then cleats but I too have fallen over quite a bit at lights, while trying to trackstand. I just laugh it off when it happens
I try to go approach the lights as slowly as possible and time it so i don't have to stop, or just get get a hold of a stobey pole/traffic light pole to balance myself without putting a foot down
Turn the front wheel pretty sharp to the uphill side, and sometimes a judicial squeeze of the front brake can help.
or, you know, get a fixie :)